Al Partanen

Levi’s Skateboarding Collection – Spring 2017

Skate Daily recently joined a group of skateboarding media dudes to have a first look at the Spring 2017 Levi’s Skateboarding Collection at their headquarters in San Francisco. Our full day schedule included a VIP show and tell in the offices of Levi’s Archives, a preview of LSC’s aforementioned Spring/Summer line of apparel and due to the wet winter weather – a fun-filled skate session with several of LSC’s ambassadors (team riders) at an indoor private facility. Oh yeah, we went bowling the previous evening as well!

Parts Bowling

Al Partanen spins a speedy heated ball right down the middle of the lane. Strike!

While in the offices of Levi’s Archives, Tracey Panek laid out several storied pieces of denim including the earliest pairs of Levi’s denim (then called overalls as they were worn over one’s pants), a pair of white denim jeans that were embellished (over several decades) by an incarcerated creative dude with a ball point pen and a highly valued Levi’s leather jacket which originally belonged to Albert Einstein! Our minds were truly blown away.

Original Jeans

Kept in a fireproof safe and only handled with white gloves, Tracey Panek holds up a pair of vintage original jeans dating back to 1879 from the Levi’s Archives. They were first called overalls since workers would wear them over their pants.

 

Pocket Detail

The original reason for the smaller fifth pocket on a pair of Levi’s Jeans was to hold a “pocket” watch.

 

Auction Item

Straight from Christie’s Auction House, a very rare Levi’s leather coat owned and worn by Albert Einstein as shown on this 1938 cover of Time Magazine. Wow!

 

Einstein Jacket

Albert Einstein’s leather Levi’s jacket in all of its glory.

 

Media Crew at Levis Archives

The skateboarding media just loves a good dose of history and good times.

 
Upstairs at Levi’s Headquarters, LSC’s Nick Pendic and Charles Lamb coordinated a casual gathering and discussed the Spring/Summer 2017 Skateboarding Collection with their inspirations stemming from the shipyard workers at San Francisco’s Hunters Point. Specifically, the riveters who worked on the ships during World War II.

Nick Rendic

LSC’s Design Director Nick Rendic highlights the durability, features and benefits of the work pant.

Dock workers, during the early 20th Century, wore purposeful garments: durable to withstand physical demands of daily labor and layered to brave the ever-changing climate of the San Francisco Bay. It was simple designs like vests, coats, work pants and denim that inspired this Spring collection. Thanks to the extensive Levi’s Archives filled with historical product, the design team was able to revisit this era, evolving the
designs to meet the demands of modern skateboarding.

Quilted Jacket

Warm, comfortable and clean, this LSC quilted jacket is one of our favorites.

While the style of this collection may look as timeless as the original dock workers back in the 1900s, the fit and durability have evolved. LSC uses Lycra T400 fabric for stretch and Cordura fabric for strength, meaning their fabrics and innovations include the most advanced stretch, recovery, signature authentic Levi’s details and world-class finishing.

Vest Kit

This functional kit featuring the insulated vest combined with the LSC long sleeved tee and the highly durable work pant makes a whole lot of sense for good ol’ DIY skateboarding.

Arcuant Detail

Levi’s has been using a version of the Two Horses, One Message patch since 1886. Did you know that the patented stitching on a pair of Levi’s pants is called an Arcuate? Well if not, now you know!

Crafting quality products hasn’t been their only focus – the LSC initiative is also committed to social and environmental progress and have recently completed another skatepark build. Levi’s has rolled out their latest short film which documents a DIY build project in Detroit, Michigan, where Josh Matthews, Dan Plunkett, Joey Pepper, Marius Syvanen, Pat Moran and Al Partanen partnered up with Community Push to help support their efforts of bringing more skate spots to the Detroit area.

The Levi’s Skateboarding Collection can be found exclusively at select skate shops and online at the Levi’s store.

Levi’s Skateboarding – Detroit
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Independent Truck Co. Crew at The Farm

YouTube Preview Image Chris Russell, Kevin Kowalski, Willy Akers, Chet Childress, Al Partanen and Josh Borden set The Farm on fire in this smoking edit by Independent Truck Co.

In The Park: Gravette, Parts, Willis Kimbel, and John Gardner

Part’s Hidden Part

YouTube Preview ImageThe year was 2009 and Al Partanen had skated and filmed so much for the Hesh Law video that he had enough footage for 2 full parts. Here is “Part’s Part” the hidden, bonus part in all it’s glory.

Levis Skateboarding Presents: Skateboarding in Christchurch

YouTube Preview ImageOn February 22nd, 2011, at 12:51pm, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake and numerous aftershocks tore through the city center of Christchurch, New Zealand. 185 people were killed and thousands were displaced with their lives forever changed. Inspired by other recent Levi’s skatepark builds around the world, several members of the Christchurch skateboarding community reached out to the Levi’s brand seeking support to help revive the skate community in Christchurch.

The crew at Levi’s quickly signed on to help, recruiting eager team ambassadors Josh Matthews, Joey Pepper, Al Partanen, Marius Syvanen, Pat Moran and Dan Plunkett. An all-star cast rolled up their sleeves to help the Christchurch skate community. With bags packed, the crew departed for New Zealand where they were determined to work closely with the locals of Christchurch to help create something that would be a meaningful contribution towards rebuilding their community. In less than 48 hours this past December 2016, Christchurch locals and the Levi’s Skateboarding crew banned together to find an available plot of land, cleared it of all plants and debris and built a skatepark. If you don’t think it’s possible, watch here and be convinced otherwise.

This marks the sixth skate park built around the world by the Levi’s brand and skate team ambassadors. Other global park builds include Bangalore, India, La Paz, Bolivia, Oakland, California, Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Skateboarding In Christchurch

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On February 22nd, 2011 a 6.3 magnitude earthquake ripped through the centre of Christchurch followed by severe aftershocks killing 185 people, destroying a city, a community and the lives of thousands of people. 5-years on and the rubble still lies in the streets of Christchurch as a cold reminder of what mother nature is capable of.

Thanks to Levi’s® Skateboarding we were able to give back to a community in need, following the lead from previous projects from Levi’s Skateboarding in Bolivia, India, Oakland and most recently Pine Ridge. Red the full story at Monster Children by clicking here.

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